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Dakota Wesleyan University

Mitchell, SD 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate73%

Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Dakota Wesleyan University. Dakota Wesleyan University admitted 73% of all applicants in 2017. Last year, 659 students applied to Dakota Wesleyan University and 483 were admitted.

If you are considering submitting an application to Dakota Wesleyan University, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 8/27 and the application fee is $25.

Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Dakota Wesleyan University's admissions stats.

Dakota Wesleyan University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 9%
Admissions Test Policy Not optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 12%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 95%
Waitlist No

Dakota Wesleyan University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Dakota Wesleyan University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No
Regular Decision Yes 8 27

Considering Applying Early to Dakota Wesleyan University?

Dakota Wesleyan University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions

Transferring to Dakota Wesleyan University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Dakota Wesleyan University

Wondering what factors are considered by Dakota Wesleyan University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Interview Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Talent/Ability Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Volunteer Work Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Dakota Wesleyan University for more information on admission factors.

Dakota Wesleyan University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Dakota Wesleyan University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Dakota Wesleyan University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Dakota Wesleyan University?

Students admitted to Dakota Wesleyan University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 97% submitted a class rank. At Dakota Wesleyan University 9% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 36% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Dakota Wesleyan University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA
3.75 and 3.99
3.50 and 3.74
3.25 and 3.49
3.00 and 3.24
2.50 and 2.9
2.00 and 2.49

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Dakota Wesleyan University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Dakota Wesleyan University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2017, 12% of Dakota Wesleyan University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 95% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

To be most competitive at Dakota Wesleyan University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Dakota Wesleyan University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Dakota Wesleyan University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Dakota Wesleyan University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Dakota Wesleyan University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 27.

Transfer students can enroll in Dakota Wesleyan University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Dakota Wesleyan University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Dakota Wesleyan University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Dakota Wesleyan University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

❌ Dakota Wesleyan University does not accept International Baccalaureate credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Dakota Wesleyan University?

✅ Dakota Wesleyan University is not test optional.

What is Dakota Wesleyan University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Dakota Wesleyan University is 73%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Dakota Wesleyan University?

❌ Dakota Wesleyan University does not offer early decision.

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Dakota Wesleyan University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Dakota Wesleyan University? Dakota Wesleyan University is a somewhat selective institution. The Dakota Wesleyan University acceptance rate is 73%. This means that the institution accepts 73 out of every 100 applicants.


Dakota Wesleyan University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 27

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 27

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Dakota Wesleyan University is Aug 27.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Dakota Wesleyan University is Aug 27.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Dakota Wesleyan University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

Not available


Reading SAT Range

Not available

Dakota Wesleyan University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Dakota Wesleyan University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.36. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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